Gao qualified for the GPF (and placed dead last) only because Lipnitskaia dropped out. She's finally getting some international recognition now, but I wonder if it'll be enough to sway the US judges. Nagasu gets reasonably high international scores. What worries me is her UR problem, which is increasing in severity. Even at NHK, where she won bronze due to poor performances from everyone below her, she had 2 or 3 UR penalties in the FS alone. And the US judges have already shown a zero-tolerance policy for technical weakness--just look at Caroline Zhang.
Originally Posted by Selene